Donald Patrick Keenan of Exeter, PA passed away Thursday morning at Celtic Hospice in Wilkes-Barre after an illness.
Don was born in Scranton in August 1944. He was a graduate of the Scranton Central High School and in 1966 earned a degree in English from the University of Scranton. Don’s artistic talent afforded him a long career as an illustrator and graphic artist. He began his career at The Scranton Dry Goods Store doing hand-drawn newspaper advertisements. He worked for Sugarman’s Eynon Drug Store, Jewelcor and Service Merchandise producing art for catalogs. Adding CAD to his cache of skills presented Don his favorite work experience with the former Fleet Decal and Graphics; from which he retired after more than 20 years of employment.
Don’s oil portraits were often awarded first prize at regional shows and he was active in the art community for many years. A highlight of his career was having two of his illustrations published in the New Yorker Magazine. Don enjoyed theater and opera and his daily walks at the dike. He was a friend of Bill W. for 26 years.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mildred Pabst Keenan; sisters Alice Keenan, Helen Keenan Burke and Claire Keenan Delaney. He is survived by brothers Joseph Keenan and wife Shirley of Madisonville, James Keenan and wife MaryAnn of Scranton; 3 generations of nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
The family extends appreciation to the nurses and staff of Celtic Hospice as well as the ICU team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley for the dedicated, compassionate and professional care given to Don.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home; 1401 Ash St., Scranton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Joseph F. Sica, Wednesday at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave, Scranton. All attending the Mass are requested to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorial contributions be made in Don’s honor to Smile Train 41 Madison Ave. 28th FL. New York, NY 10010 or to Little Sisters of the Poor 2500 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA.18510.
The family invites you to share your remembrances of Don at www.vanstonandjames.com